Apprenticeship Programs

American Stage, a professional, AEA, non-profit theatre company, is interviewing candidates for its 2019-20 Apprenticeship Program designed for recent college graduates looking to gain full-time, professional experience in their field. We seek passionate and motivated college graduates interested in receiving on-the-job training from theatre professionals and valuable hands-on experience at a highly regarded nonprofit, equity theatre company with a 40-year tradition in St. Petersburg, FL.

Available apprenticeships include Acting & Production, Stage & Production Management, Design & Technical Theatre, Education & Outreach, and Arts Administration. Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Get a firsthand glimpse into our Apprenticeship program by reading our Apprentice Blog.

Click through to find photos of our current and past years’ apprentices on stage and off:
American Stage Apprenticeship Program

Click the tabs below for more details on specific Apprenticeship Programs.

Education & Outreach Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Education and Outreach apprenticeship is ideal for recent graduates with a strong interest in theatre education and administration at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the Education & Outreach staff to gain experience coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing and development initiatives, assisting in the classroom, and writing study guides and lesson plans for the following programs: School Tour (elementary school touring production), Student Matinees (for mainstage shows), Outreach & Residencies (classes in schools), programs for Teens & Youth (on-site classes and productions) Improv Training Program (classes for adults).

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact ASfwd@americanstage.org

Arts Administration Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Arts Administration apprenticeship is perfect for individuals with a strong interest in developing administrative and leadership skills at a professional theatre company. Apprentices will work directly with the producing artistic director, managing director, education director and administrative staff, gaining experience in coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing strategies, and assisting in fundraising events and development initiatives.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions.  A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Administrative, customer service, marketing, or social media experience is valued. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact ASfwd@americanstage.org

American Stage Acting and Production Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

The Acting & Production apprenticeship is ideal for individuals who are interesting in honing their craft and gaining well rounded skills in all areas of production at a professional theatre company. Acting & Production apprentices will be asked to understudy roles, perform an acting showcase for the community, apprentice with a professional director, work as crew members and provide production support for our mainstage and American Stage in the Park productions.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices are paid a weekly stipend of $200, receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) weeks, professional development coaching, access to our improv and acting classes and will experience master classes taught by industry professionals. Housing is not provided.

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeships.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an audition and interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact ASfwd@americanstage.org

Stage & Production Management Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Stage & Production Management apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, including the Director of Production and the resident Equity stage manager, assisting with all aspects of production and stage management, construction, maintenance, and run crew. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Apprentices may also assist designers on a production, depending on interest and experience.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. Production and Stage Management apprentices receive EMC (Equity Membership Candidacy) weeks and access to our improv and acting classes.  A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact ASfwd@americanstage.org

Design & Technical Theatre Apprenticeships:

Gain valuable experience working with the Tampa Bay’s longest running professional theatre company.

Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will work alongside professional production staff in their assigned departments, assisting with all aspects of construction, maintenance, run crew, as well as assisting resident and visiting designers on production designs, depending on interest, ability, and availability. Specific duties will vary according to the particular needs of each production. Candidates should have experience in at least one of the following technical areas: carpentry, costume construction, scenic painting, or electrics. Design & Technical Theatre apprentices will spend time in multiple areas to expand their knowledge in all areas of production.

Apprenticeships for the 2019-20 season will begin on September 3, 2019 and will end on August 23, 2020. Only candidates who are able to commit full-time to the entire season will be considered.

Apprentices will be paid a weekly stipend of $200 and receive professional development classes from theatre professionals and complimentary tickets to all American Stage productions. A small travel stipend will be provided to out-of-town apprentices.  Housing is not provided.  

Qualifications

American Stage is committed to our mission to tell powerful stories that create dialogue, promote empathy and inspire a sense of community. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities within the organization, therefore, it is essential that our apprentices possess a passion for their work, a sense of purpose, a strong work ethic, and a healthy curiosity that drives them to learn and grow. Applicants should be mature, detail-oriented, flexible and personable, with the ability to work effectively with varied personalities in an intense, deadline-oriented environment. College graduates with a BA or BFA in a related field are strongly preferred. Training and relevant experience are required for all apprenticeship positions.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a completed American Stage Apprentice application packet by May 13, 2019.  Applicants will be invited to an interview based on the strength of the submission.

Applications can be found here.

Apprenticeship Information 2019-2020

For more information, or to request an application, contact ASfwd@americanstage.org

Alyssa Baumgardner – Arts Administration 

Alyssa Baumgardner recently graduated with honors and a meritorious thesis from The University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. Soon after starting college, Alyssa fell in love with administration, directing, dramaturgy and producing. She worked as an assistant director, dramaturge and dialect coach for productions at UNC and The Little Theatre of the Rockies as well as directing and self-producing her own productions of MEDEA and THE SEAGULL. Her senior year, she served as the artistic director for The Underground Theatre Project, a student group that helps develop and produce new student work, and was awarded the David and Dawn Grapes Director’s Award for excellence in theatre. Alyssa is overjoyed to be a part of American Stage and the St. Petersburg community and looks forward to learning from administrators who produce excellent theatre and run a trusted business.

Taran Haynes – Acting and Production
Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Taran Haynes is a recent graduate of UAA where he received his BA in Theatre with Departmental Honors.  Taran has acted in twelve productions over his tenure at UAA, performing roles such as Lombard from AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Einstein from PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, Tom Kreider from RADIUM GIRLS, and even Not-Dead-Fred from SPAMALOT. Beyond acting, Taran made his directorial debut directing Bryony Lavery’s FROZEN at UAA.  A promising playwright, Taran has written three 10-minute plays, a one-act and co-created two devised plays which both were seen on UAA’s stages. Eager to transition from the academic to the professional world, Taran is excited to be an American Stage 2019/20 Acting & Production Apprentice. It is his great honor to work with and learn from all the incredible artists at the American Stage.

Kianna Jackson – Acting and Production Apprentice

Kianna Jackson is very excited to be on the American Stage team as an Acting & Production Apprenticeship. She recently graduated from Florida Southern College and received a BFA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Communications. Some of her favorite roles throughout the years of performing have been: Brooke Ashton in NOISES OFF, Vibrata in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and Ensemble Dancer in KISS ME, KATE. She looks forward to growing more as an actor through the apprenticeship and continuing to work with the professionals and fellow apprentices of American Stage.

Skye Lindberg – Acting and Production
Skye Lindberg is thrilled to be an Acting and Production Apprentice with American Stage for their 2019-2020 Season. A Washington DC/Virginia native, she is taking the leap by moving to sunny St. Petersburg to pursue her passions with an incredible theatre. She has most recently appeared as Paulette in LEGALLY BLONDE with Small Town Stars Theater Company and Valet in NO EXIT with Dark Horse Theatre Company. Other favorite credits include Beth in MUSICAL THERAPY (Capital Fringe Festival, Best Musical Winner) and Nicole in WE FOUND THE WILD THINGS (Who What Where Theatre Collective). She is a graduate of George Mason University and holds a BA in Theater, with a Dance Minor. She previously served as the Media Relations Associate at Arena Stage. Skye is eager to learn and grow at American Stage, and is so thankful to collaborate on important work. Instagram: @uhmitsskyee

John Perez – Acting and Production

John Perez is a recent graduate of the University of West Florida (BFA Musical Theatre) and could not be more excited to have joined the American Stage team as an Acting & Production Apprentice for the 19-20 Season! Selected credits include Che (Evita), Piragua Guy (In the Heights), Husband/CPA (See What I Wanna See), Mitch Mahoney (Spelling Bee….and then again as Barfee), Man 2 (Songs for a New World), Ewart/Barbershop (The Music Man). He has also appeared in original works, such as EL WIZ and the St. Pete-centric SUNSHINE CITY (by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak.) Always the student, John is excited to continue the opportunity to learn and hone his skills, especially alongside an amazing team of artists!

Lyle Sweppenheiser – Education & Outreach

Lyle Sweppenheiser is from Factoryville, Pennsylvania and recently graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a BA in Theatre Arts. In his time at York he played Louis XVI in Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi and Charles/ William in Or, by Liz Duffy Adams; he also directed Thirst by Eugene O’Neill and James Franco and Me: An Unauthorized Satire by Kevin Broccoli. Last summer, he was able to be a teaching artist at Baltimore Center Stage. After seeing how powerful arts education can be Lyle knew he wanted to continue to pursue it, which is what brings him to American Stage for the season as the Education and Outreach Apprentice. Lyle is excited to be a part of theatre with such a long and rich history like American Stage.

Wedeline Casimir – Emerging Arts Leader Fellow

Wedeline Casimir is a recent graduate from the Florida State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sacred Music and Music Entrepreneurship. Wedeline has been involved in the performing arts from a very young age, gracing the stage through musical theater, choral music and even dance. Wedeline thoroughly enjoys working with children and youth, serving as a music teacher, teaching artist, and vocal director. Now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Wedeline is very excited to return to the Bay Area where her love for theater began on the stages of Blake High School and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Wedeline looks forward to growing as an Arts Leader through her fellowship with American Stage. Wedeline counts it as a high honor to be developed by an organization that is committed to serving the community. It is her passion to keep the torch lit for future generations to come.